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PlantFiles: Aloe
Aloe longistyla

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: longistyla (lon-jee-STY-luh) (Info)

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Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive baiissatva On Sep 13, 2009, baiissatva from Dunedin
New Zealand wrote:

Zone 9b coastal Otago

Is this the toughest plant that ever lived? I was given an ugly little specimen and thought it so unlovely that I used it in a hideous series of experiments in an attempt to find out if my other, pretties aloes would survive certain areas of our garden.
It has been sitting in a dusty pile of what can no longer be called 'soil', flooded, entirely covered in weedy overstorey, unwatered, left exposed to baking sun and gales, hail, snow, frozen pretty much solid, and then left to expire in total shade over a long, cold winter. I pulled the weeds off it the other day and saw it was, unsurprisingly perhaps, looking sickly. Not dead, just a little off colour. Feeling sorry for it, I trimmed back the skanky roots and saw lovely fresh new ones coming away in their midst, and that the centre of the plant was still healthy and green. I am totally gobsmacked at the hardiness of this plant, and it's going to take pride of fuggly place in my rockery where it will receive the respect it deserves.
All that said, it's still a pretty unprepossessing looking unit and certainly wouldn't win any pageants. I see the flowers are pretty special, tho', so worth persisting with.

Positive Porphyrostachys On Aug 30, 2009, Porphyrostachys from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This species is best in the ground near a group of stones in morning sun in the desert. They seem easier to kill in pots for some reason. The plants flower reliably every spring and have no trouble with the heat. Unfortunately, the plant is very prone to Aloe cancer if grown were the humidity allows the mite to flourish (greenhouses and shade houses).

Positive servicegenie On Oct 5, 2006, servicegenie from Brookshire, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Plants (2) were recieved in very dry condition, after 3 weeks of semi shade & Texas rain water they are showing very positive signs of growth. I'm looking forward to winter blooms, will post pictures & report growth.

Neutral palmbob On Sep 28, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

smaller plant very slow to sucker if at all. Has blue-green leaves covered with large thick spines. Upright habit. Huge flower compared to size of plant and relatively short stalk- single raceme, usually. Very drought tolerant, but if not given any summer water, tends to curl in on itself a bit and look ugly. Those who can grow this well claim as little care as possible is the best way to care for it (if grown in the ground).

Recently moved to a new climate (zone 8b) and took some aloes with me... all suffered terribly in this windy, very cold forbidding climate of inland California... except this one which, other than some leaf discoloration, did great and even made a nice flower. This has to be one of the hardiest of all the aloes I have grown so far.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Apache Junction, Arizona
Peoria, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Los Angeles, California
Mission Viejo, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Brookshire, Texas

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